August 14, 2018 | Mike LaPeters

Improving Threat Detection through Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs)

Executive Summary:Cybersecurity is a growing concern as breaches continue to increase in frequency and make headline news. Unfortunately, due to time and other constraints, many smaller businesses postpone the complicated task of risk management, only to eventually succumb to the devastating ramifications of a cyberattack. While the security solutions themselves appear complicated, the ability to mitigate risk is within…

August 13, 2018 | Javvad Malik

The Black Hat Recap

BlackHat is always one of the most interesting conferences of the year. Firmly sandwiched between BsidesLV and DefCon, it brings a unique mix of research and people to Las Vegas.We unveiled our new booth design, which featured a huge Alien head hovering above the shiny new green and black booth, which had a presentation theatre on one side and…

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August 9, 2018 | UK Web Host Review

What You Need to Look for When Choosing a Hosting Company for Your Startup

Whether you sell clothes online or have recently set up a financial services firm, every startup needs to have a strong online presence in order to make the right moves in 2018. To do this, it is critical that you align with a premium-quality hosting provider. After all, if you choose a web host that is unreliable and does not deliver…

August 7, 2018 | Skylar Talley

USM Central Product Roundup and Look Ahead

We have an audacious goal on the USM Central Product team. We believe that we can create the most phenomenal security platform for MSPs and MSSPs on the market with the combination of USM Central, USM Anywhere, and USM Appliance. As we move into Q3, we wanted to take some time to stop and reflect a bit on our journey.…

August 6, 2018 | Holly Barker

Black Hat 2018 will be Phenomenal!

The AlienVault team is ready to meet and greet visitors at Black Hat USA 2018, August 8th and 9th at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas! Black Hat is one of the leading security industry events. The conference features the largest and most comprehensive trainings, educational sessions, networking opportunities and a two-day expo packed with…

August 3, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 3rd Aug 2018

It’s August already. The kids are off on their summer vacations telling me how bored they are every 5 minutes, and the annual security gathering in Las Vegas of Blackhat, Defcon, and BsidesLV is all but upon us.There will be no recap next week because I’ll probably be getting ready to fly home - but normal…

August 2, 2018 | @eli_x1

Standing Out as an Information Security Student

As students, we get told that college is enough to land us anything we want, I can honestly say from my experience, that was not the case at all. I grew up in a household where education will land you where you want, and you don’t need to be external with the system, so I assumed as long…

August 1, 2018 | Jose Manuel Martin

Off-the-shelf RATs Targeting Pakistan

IntroductionWe’ve identified a number of spear phishing campaigns with Pakistani themed documents, likely targeting the region. These spear phishing emails use a mix of different openly available malware and document exploits for delivery. These are served from the compromised domains www.serrurier-secours[.]be and[.]pk (a part of the Pakistani army). There are some…

July 31, 2018 | Danielle Russell

Extending Threat Detection to the Endpoint with New EDR Capabilities in USM Anywhere

Back in April, we began to invite USM Anywhere customers to try out our new endpoint agent, the AlienVault Agent, in an Early Access program. The overwhelming interest in the program alone was telling; over 37% of USM Anywhere customers (60% of our MSSP partners) raised their hands to participate. Our conversations with customers during the program were even more telling; Our…

July 31, 2018 | Javier Ruiz

Malware Analysis using Osquery Part 1

Tools like Sysmon and Osquery are useful in detecting anomalous behavior on endpoints. These tools give us good visibility of what’s happening on endpoints by logging multiple types of events, which we can forward to a SIEM or other correlation system for analysis.In this blog series, we’ll analyze different malware families, looking at the types…

July 30, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst

In an attempt to wake up companies that may not be taking security as seriously as they should, they are often told, "It's not a matter of if, but when."Historically, I've not been the biggest fan of this term, in that it has a certain undertone of doom and gloom. A bit like one of those life…

July 27, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 27th July 2018

Welcome to your weekly security roundup, providing you all with the security news you deserve, but maybe might not need.As always, these news stories are human-curated by me - no fancy algorithms, no machine learning, and definitely no trending topics here.We are less than two weeks away from Blackhat in sunny Las Vegas. We’ll be there…

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